Is 50 US states enough for most Americans or do they get frustrated that they can’t easily make moves within their own hemisphere?
In the EU and Amsterdam where I live, a Dutch can easily move to live and work in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Austria etc. Legal freedom of movement across all 28 member states.
However, in the America’s, an average US citizen in Seattle can’t even just take a job in Vancouver or one in Detroit or Boston getting a job in Toronto or Montreal.
For all intents and purposes, it’s just the 50 US states and they also can’t just move to live and work in Mexico, Caribbean, Brazil or Argentina either for a cultural experience or to learn the Spanish.
Although the 50 US states from San Diego to Bangor, including Hawaii and Alaska is a vast area, it’s all ultimately part of the same country and not the same as crossing an international border to live and work.
Do many Americans thus ever get the feeling of confinement or restriction that for more, the 50 US States is as good as it gets and The America’s does not offer the same freedomof flexibility as that of the EU.
Someone in New York may wish to learn French by working in Quebec, but they can’t even go there and get a job in Starbucks or Niketown. Someone in Dallas may wish to learn Portuguese by working in a bar in Rio de Janeiro. They can’t.
Is that a great shame in a sense?
- susanLv 710 months agoFavorite Answer
No, to answer your question, it doesn't feel confining or shameful.
Also, what you say is only partly true. You are right that we aren't part of the EU, so moving to another country requires extra steps, and we need to apply for a Visa explaining why there is a need be there. But if there is a good reason (such as your employer needs you to go work there,) then the Visa will usually be approved. I have known several people who lived and worked overseas for one or more years. I've also known people who went to college for one term in another country just for the kind of international experience you are talking about.
- capitalgentlemanLv 710 months ago
Canada, and the USA are both as big as all of Europe. The current system is working just fine!
- Anonymous10 months ago
Vancouver is in Canada. The US is bigger than Europe.
- ibu guruLv 710 months ago
The majority of Americans have close ties to family & friends, and NO interest in moving very far away from them. If they want to go to other countries, they can take a vacation, and that's plenty for most.
BTW, under NAFTA, there is a special TN visa for qualified Americans, Canadians & Mexicans to work in each other's countries.
Besides, US is so big Americans can travel 1000s of miles & experience an incredible variety of anything they are interested in from Disney World to street food in NYC, mountain climbing, snow or water skiing. Get my drift, Andre?
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- CarolOklaLv 710 months ago
That's nonsense. The University of Toronto recently hired a whole team of of physics post-docs and faculty members from Harvard University. One post-doc decided NOT to go with them. He and his girl friend are moving to News York City for 6 months because she got a job promotion.
- AnaLv 610 months ago
Let’s cut the crap, nobody that lives in America wants to move to Mexico or Honduras for job opportunities LMFAO.
THEY want to move HERE.
The only time we go to South America is to have a fun tropical vacation.
- lalaLv 710 months ago
Congrats !! you made a very good points
- 10 months ago
Is that a great shame in a sense or purposely designed like keeping people, to keep people living and working just inside the US and their own home market?
That’s fine of course if you are happy with that, but if one wants a degree of international mobility and experience on their CV, how much clout and bang for the buck does a US passport actually give in practice for living and working outside of the 50 US states?
- Anonymous10 months ago
yes through manifest destiny we must all become one. (including Greenland)
- 10 months ago
Americans see the states as seperate identities alot of the time, hance a move from say new york to Massachusetts would be the equivalent for a dutch to move to germany (minus the language difference)